Matthew 10:19 at the right moment

I was called as a witness last Thursday and like most people, I was nervous.  I was sequestered and unaware of the context my testimony would provide and I still am not at liberty to discuss the details but this is the backdrop of what I am trying to convey.

Some people from church are trying to read the NT by reading a chapter out of the Bible every day starting with the book of Matthew. Naturally, I am already behind in my reading and I decided to catch up by reading the chapter for that day and do catch up reading as the opportunity presented itself. Thursday was January 16th so I read Matthew 16 and caught up by reading chapter 10 and verse 19 blew me away I will quote, “.. but when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it.  At that time you will be given what to say.”

I was grilled and testified for almost an hour and half but I had the right words to say and with God’s help, the truth was made known and hopefully justice will prevail in spite of evil intent.

Thank you, Lord, for never leaving me or putting me into circumstances I cannot handle.

Reposting of Flatworm Memes by Baldscientist

I have permission to repost this on my blog.

Captain Picard, the answer to your rhetorical query is operant conditioning <insert evil laughter.>

Enjoy 😎


If you are new to Baldscientist, you should know that. I use planarians as an animal model in pharmacology. That will help you understand why I am so “immaturely” excited about these memes…

I love when science goes deep into popular culture.  Just this morning, Nicky, one of my gracious hosts from Hasselt University, Belgium, shared a hilarious meme about flatworms:




This came straight from the work of my colleague and friend Dr. Michael Levin from Tufts University, specifically this paper.

Who knows, some young kid with literally nothing else to do may see this meme and just like that the spark of curiosity will ignite and lo and behold, we have a scientist!


That’s it.

Just for fun, here are some other flatworm-related memes for your enjoyment and possible inspiration…








Credit for flatworm memes

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There are three Greek words for life in the Bible

When I was a kid, I was told Eskimos (pardon to the First Nations peoples of the Arctic) have 20 words for what is snow in English.  The logical conclusion was that snow is a large part of these people’s lives and they need more descriptive and practical words for what all gets translated into the English word snow than some white kid living in the suburbs of Philadelphia.  Getting back to the point, the Bible has three Greek words for what is translated to “life.” I will not be studying the original Hebrew words right now but perhaps another time.

The three words are Bios, Psyche, and Zoe.

I have two degrees in Biology and a minor in Psychology so those two words have obvious English parallels but in my world, Zoe is a girl’s name.

Not anymore.

Bios, Psyche, and Zoe are like body, soul, and spirit.

Bios is our physiology, all the processes involved in maintaining homeostasis so we can stay alive. That is Bios; our physical life.

Psyche is our selves, who we are, our personality. Our being, Psyche, is our soul.

Finally, Zoe is our spirit, the part of us that is quickened when our soul reaches out to God. Zoe is our in God’s Image-ness and is the part of us that can’t live without God.

There are three types of live that correlate to the three types of love found in the Greek, eros (physical love) phileos (brotherly love or a reciprocal sort of love and agapos which is a pure love that is unconditional.

I am so blown away at the fact that some very fortunate things are alive which is why I love Biology. Psychos and Zoe, look out!

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With and Without Fear

We had a women’s meeting this Saturday and Cindy D. did a great job speaking about whether opposition is confirmation that you’re on the right path or a warning that you’re on the wrong path (hint: both can be true, it isn’t that easy.)

But this post is about the worship time before the teaching. The first two songs were directed toward the Holy Spirit and both were very oriented toward images of waves and winds and floods.

Both worship songs are good songs but notice the difference in the symbolism of wind and wave and flood with the variable being fear. The first song is “Your Love Never Fails” credit to Chris McClarney and Anthony Skinner.

The wind is strong and the water’s deep 

I’m not alone in these open seas 

cause Your love never fails.

The chasm was far too wide 

I never thought I’d reach the other side but Your love never fails.

You stay the same through the ages

Your love never changes

There may be pain in the night but joy comes in the morning.

And when the oceans rage I don’t need to be afraid because I know that you love me 

And Your love never fails.

You make all things work together for my good.


Second song is Holy Spirit (credit to Bryan Torwalt and Kathie Torwalt)

Holy Spirit You are welcome here

Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere

Your Glory, God is what our hearts long for

To be overcome by Your Presence Lord.

Oceans, Waves, Floods, Atmosphere

With fear, these things are overwhelming but perfect love casts out fear without fear we can

Ride the waves, harness the wind, flood the dry places with streams of life-giving things, and do things we don’t even think as possible when we’re inspired (God-breathed) and our hearts are swelling with love. 

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